Thursday, September 07, 2006

welcome home


can i just say
that you all
are wonderful?!
you are.
all you
lovely commenters
and all you
lovely quiet people
who maybe
feel shy about
commenting
[i do]...
i swear,
when i am
done with
this stupid exam
i am going
to send you
all postcards.
your comments,
thoughts,
encouragement
make me
so happy.
please know that...
and i will try
to visit
all of your blogs
and email you
when i have
more time.
just know
that these
little daily
connections
we make
are
truely cherished.

can i also
say
i am nosey
about
people's homes?!
i love love love
to see how
people
decorate
their homes
that's why
the
corners of my home
flickr group
is so darned
cool...
i can peek
into people's
homes and
see their
cool stuff...

in the effort
to satisfy
other
nosey people
like me,
i am trying
to take
a step back
and
give you
an idea
about my
environment
and
the place
that
i call home.

also
i will have
to move
[long story]
soon
so this
is my little
documentation
of my home
circa 2006.

i live in
a historic building
in DC...
it's classic
art deco
and built in
the early 30s
before the
depression.
it was only
half built
before
the depression
so in the 80s
they finished
the "new" wing
according
to the old plans.
but inside
the new wing
is super swanky.
i live in
the historic
[=cheaper]
wing...
with all
the cool
original
art deco fixtures.

one of
the reasons
these apartments
are so cool
is
they look out
on rock creek park
[nice for spot]...
they are
also
spacious and
full of light
[northern
exposure]...
i so love how
when it
cools down
and
you can open
the windows
at night
i can
fall asleep to
tree frogs,
cicadas
and
tree crickets
[in the middle
of the city!!!].

partners
can have
a big impact
on decor.
there is
a huge range
of decorating
couples...
you can have
a partner
that just
doesn't care
and you have
complete control,
and then
there are
the partners
that don't agree
with you
so you end
up with
a compromise
that often
doesn't please
either person
completely
[my parents]...
and
if you are lucky
you both
have complimentry
styles
that meld
and make
something
unique...
you can also
go sans partner
and have full rule-
which is
wonderful too.

i think grub
and i
work well
together.
i would be
far more
colorful
and cluttery
on my own
[which isn't
a bad thing
necessarily]
but i think
grub does
provide
a good...
umm...
filter
to my decorating
when i would
sometimes
just be
too
over the top
1950s
modern showroom.
but i am
responsible for
the
color schemes
[i am a schemer]
and i find
most of
the furniture
(eames
rockers,
swedish sofa,
vintage chairs,
etc),
and buy
a lot
of the art
pieces.



i was
out of the apt
at 7am
this morning
so
these photos
are the
early bird view
of my apt
from the breakfast
nook.
to get notes
about the stuff
in the photos
go here
thanks
for being
nosey
with me...
and don't be
a stranger...
come by
for tea
or
a cocktail
sometime,
okay?



see more
lovely home
corners
here.

25 comments:

Lizette said...

Lovely. Looks so peaceful...love the pillows on the sofa.

hildy said...

Oh i'm so glad i could come over for a visit!you have a great apartment and such an amazing collection of things. (i think i recognize the danish coffee set as something i grew up with-most go ask my parents where it is!!!) you & grub do a fine job of decorating-i like that you bring your over flow to your office. and i love seeing the moomins!it's always wonderful to find others who love them too- some folks just don't understand the wonderful world of moomins.... for some reason i hadn't been able to get in to your comments for a few days, so want to send out good wishes to you now for your upcoming change to dr. bugheart.good luck!

Eero said...

I loved your place: spacious and clean and stylish. My house is a mess. Urgh. Gonna spend part of the day fixing that...
Think I'll do a Corners blog....
after I clean.

Tracy said...

satisfied my nose-iness! thanks for the tour. it is such a lovely space. and loved what you said about partner decorating approaches!

OldandBusted said...

Oh, I miss knitting on the couch! Finish studying soon!

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous building! I love all the charm of the old buildings, particularly the hardwood floors and built-ins like the cabinet.

Best of luck on the exam!

justine said...

we live in a deco house,but they have done some bad 70's reno's (kitchen). The bathroom is original pink and black :)which we love.
I wish we owned our place 'cause we would do some wicked stuff to it.
I sooo love reading about your little world, and your appartment is 10/10 :)

Austen G. said...

i didn't know i was feeling nosey till i got a peak at those corners...they're great. i love early-morning-homes, so quiet and peaceful...and that cabinet with your glassware in it? fantastic. one of these days i'll share a corner (first, i think i'd better chase the dust bunnies out of it though). good luck with the studying!

mia said...

hi gwen,

just wanted to let you know that i got the skirt in the mail the other day. thank you so much, it's lovely! i will be sending you something in the mail very soon.

m i a

lisa said...

your house is stunning. as you may see if you see mine, we have similar tastes in just about everything. you sure you don't want to leave your BF and hook up with me?

lisa s said...

i would never be a stranger... wow... you have a really really picturesque place my dear!!

sigh.... i owe you an email too....
xo

Dacia said...

I love your place! ryan and I sound similar to the tastes that you and grub have. i would be all tchotchke-sentral with bright bursts of color overload everywhere if he wasn't a huge fan of white walls and one item per room only (aside, of course, from his computer paraphanalia)

Kelly said...

My friend actually lived in the same building. I loooove the details. Our old apartment had them when we lived on conn avenue near van ness station. Now living in Mt.P, not so much. The basement makes me miss having a layout 1. that makes sense 2. that has lots of windows.
Your decoration is just amazing- I'm so jealous!
BTW, I'm getting together a few of my friends(mostly bunny owners) at rock creek park next sunday- you should seriously stop by and say hello, I'm dying to meet you! If your up for it, email me and I'll let you know time/exact local.

Carson said...

I've coveted a fibreglass Eames rocker in true 60s orange for ages..along with a Bertoia "Bird" lounge & ottoman in dark crimson wool
for about..oh i don't know
forever.
What am i rambling on about?
Just that i dig your aesthetic.
I'll be sure to add a corner of my own just as soon as I can.

julie said...

i WISH i could pop over for tea - Gwen, i LOVE your posts and your wonderful nature, your collections and your style!!!
There is nothing like old buildings with their character!
I hate our place but we are looking to move and we are an example of the first couple where my hub has NO taste and i get to make most of the decisions ;)
xxx

nichola said...

Oh i wish i could come round for a cup of tea or a cocktail! I love your style. And yes, i'm a nosey person too.

Debbie said...

Hi Gwen! I just got the super fantastic mod skort and wanted to say THANKS! Look for a postcard soon! Debbie

lottie said...

I am both nosey and a lurker and have come back a couple of times to look at your uplifting shots. What a beautiful maison you've made.

sp8cemunky said...

me too! me too! I always want to pop in to peoples homes in my neighborhood which is full of rowhomes to see how different the same buildings are inside.

I didn't know about that flickr group...I need to check it out.

The are a around Rock Creek Parkway is gorgeous. I hope when you move you get to get near something as refreshing.

I'm new to your blog so I'll be getting to know you.

eireann said...

ooh ah, that red chair is so pretty.

makes me wish for a more permanent place.

shash said...

your place is beautiful! i'm sorry you're moving... unless you're happy about the move/moving someplace even cooler. i hope so. wow.

Hayley said...

Your apartment is beautiful! I love the designs, colours and history.

When you are done with your exam come out to LB and we can go "open house" hunting! That's the best way to be nosey and see how other people live. We can make snide comments like, "this floor has just got to go" & "is this the only closet?"

Cheers!

gracia said...

I'm coming by for tea... your little nest is beautiful! Thanks for the little peek... so wonderful.
take care, grache

louise said...

Thanks for being so generous and having everyone over. Your place looks fantastic and I loved your description of the tree frogs at night.
Cheers, louise

Amy said...

I think you must live in the same apartments as my cousin used to. I visited her there a few years ago. The apartment building receptionist had an honest to God switchboard. Wow. Super cool place - sorry you have to move but hope it will be a good switch.